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Deep Pantanal Getaway Day

As usual here, up before dawn; unusual here, a full camp. There is a fishing tournament hereabouts and Jaguar Retreat’s owner has brought a boatload—two really—of friends and they are all at breakfast. I am the only non-Portuguese speaker but no matter. We are all soon off on our separate missions with mine being to make one final trip down river, ultimately back to Porto Jafre.

As has been our luck, we are soon greeted by wonderful sightings: a jaribu stork gathering materials for a nest, a prowling jaguar (our eleventh sighting), around twenty boats of fishermen—we had seen no fishermen on our prior four days—all prior to our arrival by boat at Porto Jafre. large_StorkBuildingMaterial.JPGlarge_JaguarWalking.JPGlarge_JaguarGnawing.JPGlarge_4778f2d0-7bc6-11e8-987a-b317ced5ea74.jpg

Bidding farewell to our boat driver, we boarded a safari truck and struck out overland, retracing our steps of days ago, to Southwild Pantanal Fazenda Santa Tereza. Quickly we encounter a tree full of hyacinth macaws, many many parrots, dilapidated bridges (there are 88 of these en route—I counted) one of which was being negotiated by very careful and cautious tourists in a VW van. large_f6655220-7bc1-11e8-987a-b317ced5ea74.JPG

Oh, yes: one dead snake and one live caiman lizard came into view along the way. There are more and more termite mounds as we near our lunchtime stop at tonight's lodging.large_cf43ed00-7bc1-11e8-987a-b317ced5ea74.JPGlarge_RatSnakeKilledByVehicle.JPG

From 6:30 until 11:30, we traveled our final miles in the Pantanal making our way. To be sure, there is more coming at Southwild but the rugged landscape is now behind us. large_TermiteMounds.JPGlarge_PaulSouthwildSign.JPG

Southwild is full to the brim with tourists. A couple of birders are ecstatic that they have added--get this--150 species to their all-time sighting log. There is a German family with three little kids--one about 9 months old. There is a large group of older folks and a small group of younger folks. Lunch is served--it is better here than at Jaguar Retreat and, afterwards, I have a place to settle in and write and upload.

We meet Tom at 3:00 for more adventures looking for birds. We find giant storks and birds that can blend in to a tree like you won't believe. large_StorkOnNest.JPGlarge_StorkCU.jpeglarge_BirdInTree.JPGlarge_BirdInTree.jpegOh, and a caiman saying ahhhh.large_CaimanJaws.jpeg

Later still we go on the hunt for ocelots. For the first time on this journey--at the last moment on this journey--we come up empty. No ocelots. No problem.

Posted by paulej4 18:05 Archived in Brazil Tagged caiman pantanal cuiabá jaguars

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